You've probably never heard of Bamse, the St. Bernard dog who became a war hero. I hadn't until recently. This dog, whose name is Norwegian for "teddy bear," had a statue erected in his honor in Montrose, Scotland. Since my family now lives in Montrose I was introduced to Bamse, well at least his statue, while visiting the sights of the town.
Then, of course, having met the larger than life statue I wanted to know more about this dog! There was some information on the memorial beside the statue and I quickly got intrigued. This dog came to Scotland on a Norwegian boat that was stationed in Dundee, which is where I grew up! Now, I remember as a child hearing that there were Norwegians in the area during the war, but I didn't know there was a dog with them. I wanted to know more about his story. Read on if you're interested.
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